- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner22 mins ago
Is Jerry Jones back in charge of his team's draft board? It appears he might be.
On Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys took Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 overall, a luxury pick especially when Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, who could immediately help a weak secondary, was there for the taking.
Then on Friday night, with his team picking early in the second round, Jones and the Cowboys selected a player who won't even be in uniform in 2016, and it's unknown if he'll be available in 2017.
Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith was the team's pick at No. 34; Smith suffered a devastating injury on New Year's Day in the Fiesta Bowl, tearing his ACL and MCL and reportedly suffering damage to his peroneal nerve as well, which leads to a condition known as "drop foot". Not all players return from "drop foot."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner27 mins ago
At least Myles Jack didn't have to wait long on Friday before he heard his name called.
The Jacksonville Jaguars ended Jack's long slide in the draft. They took the talented linebacker with the 36th overall pick.
Jack wasn't at the draft in Chicago, opting to skip it in person after sitting in the green room through the whole first round Thursday. So we don't know his reaction to the pick. It had to be an interesting one.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner59 mins ago
In a way, Johnny Manziel's tweet on Friday night, just before the second round of the NFL draft, rang true.
You guys act like what I'm doing is something new. I've been the same person, doing the same things since it all started.
Honestly, it's hard to argue. He is the same person he was long before the NFL drafted him.
He was constantly seen out having a good time in college, while putting together an all-time great college career at Texas A&M, and he still is. The problem now is that he's unemployed, having been cut by the Browns two years after they drafted him in the first round, with practically no hope at the moment of reviving his NFL career. Manziel has said he still wants to play, though nothing this offseason really indicates he's willing to make any changes to facilitate that.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
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Shutdown Corner draft coverage One player hugged Roger Goodell for an uncomfortable amount of time
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
While the rest of the NFL world was still in shock over Laremy Tunsil's draft-day drama, the Miami Dolphins were smiling at their good fortune.
If there was any concern over Tunsil's bong video or the Instagram hack that led to the release of text messages that appear to show Tunsil asking an Ole Miss coach for money, the Dolphins never showed it during a news conference Friday. Tunsil didn't either, because he wouldn't talk about it.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
We get it: you hear "NFL draft prospect" and "Twitter video" and you think the worst. But here's a case of good news captured on video.
UCLA linebacker Myles Jack slid out of the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, a victim of his own knee injury and skittish teams. It marked a stunning fall for a player projected as a top-10 pick or better earlier in the draft process. But the state of Jack's knee, plus his own remark earlier in the week that he could require microfracture surgery down the line, were enough to scare off every team picking in the first round.
Jack took the disappointment in stride, posting video of himself dunking on Twitter. Impressive enough on its own, but a tweet that hit a few minutes later was even more welcome, even if IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WELCOME YESTERDAY:
Dr. James Andrews, who examined Myles Jack in December, told the UCLA LB today that he does not need micro-fracture surgery.
- Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
It's become tradition for recently-drafted NFL players to embrace Roger Goodell while celebrating their new fortune. Whether or not they know (or care) that the commissioner will soon become their adversary is unclear; what matters is that their NFL dreams have come true so everyone looks like a friend.
Of course, not every player hugs the same way. Some opt for a handshake that turns into a simple chest bump, others go for a rocking hug that looks like the awkward end of a middle-school dance.
Then there was Florida safety Keanu Neal, who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. While some might say it looks like he was waltzing with Goodell, I think it looks an awful lot like he's stopped the commissioner and is waiting for officials to deem forward progress has been halted.
Seriously, watch again as Goodell finally starts to worry about being deflated — insert Tom Brady joke! — and taps out after about 15 seconds of hugging.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
So you watched Laremy Tunsil's life unfold in real time on social media, on TV and in the green room (hack, wheeze) on Thursday night, and the NFL won because of it.
It was the most exciting, bonkers and confusing first round in recent memory. Tunsil's social media disaster was a big reason for it.
What did Roger Goodell think of all this, watching the draft unfold from his holy chambers in Draft Heights? Here's an interesting quote, via ESPN, from Goodell on Friday morning:
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
John Elway calmed the nerves of Denver Broncos fans wondering who would be quarterbacking the team on Thursday night, trading up in the first round to draft Memphis' Paxton Lynch.
After watching Peyton Manning ride off into the sunset after the team's win in Super Bowl 50 and Brock Osweiler hop on the nearest Brinks truck bound for Houston, the Broncos' roster was bare at the quarterback position, and a trade for Mark Sanchez wasn't doing much to allay fears.
So Denver discussed acquiring Colin Kaepernick from San Francisco, and reportedly had the parameters of a trade in place, but it stalled when Kaepernick refused to take a $5 million pay cut from his 2016 base salary of $11.9 million, which became guaranteed earlier this month.